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Ellensburg’s Shauny Fisk, 2, spikes the ball during a state tournament game against Lynden at St. Martin’s University in Lacey last season.

With a father who’s a collegiate football coach, without a doubt there could be a few moves from one place to another in a family’s life.

Shaunessy Fisk was born in Idaho, moved to North Dakota and Oregon until in 2016 her father Chris Fisk took a position with the Central Washington University football team and the family has been in Ellensburg since.

And she doesn’t plan on moving anymore for the next four years after she finishes high school.

Shaunessy verbally committed to the CWU volleyball team on Wednesday via Twitter. Once head coach Mario Andaya officially gave her an offer to join the team for the 2020 season, it was an immediate yes.

“We moved here and it’s such a great town and campus already, to have this opportunity to stay in my hometown and play for coaches that I like, it was too hard to pass up,” Shaunessy said.

Shaunessy is a bulwark for the Ellensburg High School volleyball team. She was a defensive specialist for the Bulldogs as a junior, but her main position is a libero and that’s what she will be playing for CWU.

And the Wildcats will enjoy her prowess when it comes to digging. She led EHS with 310 of them in 92 sets played.

“I love digging hitters,” Shaunessy said. “It’s definitely my favorite part. I feel like when a girl goes up and she hits, she’s giving it her all and when I dig her, I won that. I beat her.”

Shaunessy also received offers from Pepperdine University and formidable Western Washington University that’s coming off a second-place finish in the Division II National Championship.

But CWU has relished much prosperity as well. The Wildcats have been to the postseason for seven consecutive seasons.

“My biggest thing was I want to win a National Championship,” Shaunessy said. “And I feel like Mario creates an atmosphere and how good they have done in their history, that’s super doable there. My other goal is to be an All-American, and they had girls that do it.

“I feel like them in comparison to other schools, I have a bigger ability to win.”

WWU won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title for the second straight season and had a perfect 20-0 record in conference to go with its overall mark of 30-4. WWU had also qualified for the postseason for the seventh consecutive year.

But Shaunessy believes CWU is a better fit.

“Yeah, Western did get second last year, but I feel that I will mix better in with Central since I already know Mario and Chloe (Solum), we can get right down to it,” she said. “My personal development is going to be way faster than I feel like I could have been at any other school because they know my strengths and weaknesses already, to where I’m going to be able to be the best player I possibly can be there.”

Shaunessy was teammates with Andaya’s daughter Tia at EHS, who’s headed to play for Gonzaga this fall. Shaunessy said the Andaya family was the reason she became more serious about volleyball in her freshman year.

“Mario would come watch us and freshman year he took notice of me and asked me to come in with him and invited me to play on his club team (Central Region United Volleyball Club). Ever since then, I’ve been taking it really seriously,” Shaunessy said.

She wasn’t sure if that collegiate offer would come from CWU. She went to a prospect camp last month at Central and there were two other adept liberos present as well and were coming in for visits.

“When he (Mario) told that I was his obvious choice it was like really cool — kind of surprising,” Shaunessy said.

Volleyball isn’t the only sport that’s gained interest from college teams. Shaunessy has been a catalyst for EHS softball but missed last season due to injury.

In 2018, she batted a sterling .612 in all 22 games played. She scored 42 runs and batted in 17.

Is there potential to play both at CWU?

“There’s a possibility, but it would be more up to Mario,” Shaunessy said. “I would totally love to do it, but I want to be able to put 100 percent into volleyball. Wherever he sees me playing my freshman year kind of depends on that.”

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